Huskies, Cougars draw late openers for Pac-12 women’s tournament
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Washington State and Washington will play the night games in Thursday’s opening round of the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament at KeyArena.
The seventh-seeded Cougars (15-15) play Oregon (15-14) at 6 p.m., followed by the sixth-seeded Huskies (17-12) and Utah (11-18) at 8:30.
Earlier Thursday, UCLA (13-17) plays Colorado (16-13) at noon and USC (18-12) faces Arizona (5-24) at 2:30.
The league’s top four seeds — regular-season champion Stanford, California, Arizona State and Oregon State — have byes into Friday’s quarterfinal round, where they will meet Thursday’s winners. The title game is at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are available though pac-12.com/tickets or Ticketmaster.
Bryana Walker (10-1) pitched five shutout innings and Washington (16-2) batted around in the first inning en route to a 9-0, five-inning win over Texas-El Paso at the Libby Matson Tournament in Stockton, Calif. Kylee Lahners and Ali Aguilar hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth for the game’s final runs.
• Seattle U (10-11) ran its winning streak to seven, beating UC Davis 7-6 and Santa Clara 13-11.
• Snow in Bellingham canceled a doubleheader between Western Washington (8-3) and University of British Columbia.
Washington State (2-7) and host Cal State Northridge (6-5) traded 1-0 wins in a doubleheader, with the Cougars’ Joe Pistorese (1-0) pitching the first seven innings to get credited with the win in the opener and Ben Roberts plating the run with an infield single in the fifth.
• Washington (6-4-1) had its series-ending game against UC Davis at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium canceled by rain.
• Northwest University’s home opener with Walla Walla University was canceled because WWU didn’t have enough players to field a team.
David Torres fired a 71 to give him an even-par 144 after two days, just one stroke off the lead, and help put the Seattle University men in fourth place at the Colleton River Collegiate in Bluffton, S.C. The tournament’s final round is Monday.
• Freshman Jamie Huo shot 75-77—152 to finish in a tie for 17th and Seattle U placed ninth at the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz.
• Kristen Hansen (82-79-161) tied for eighth place and the Western Washington women placed third at the Cal State East Bay Pioneer Shootout in Vallejo, Calif.
No. 24 Washington (10-2) won its final match before the start of conference play, beating Sacramento State 4-3.
Compiled from sports-information reports.